W. John Bennett Distinguished Visiting Scholars

In order to support the teaching and research in medieval studies at the University of Toronto, the Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS) and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS) established in 2010 a special visitorship for distinguished scholars in medieval studies.

Past CMS/PIMS Distinguished Visitors

2023Pasquale Porro

Pasquale Porro is Full Professor of Medieval Philosophy, Dante Studies and History of Metaphysics at the University of Turin. He received his PhD in Philosophy from Rome La Sapienza and has previously taught at the Universities of Paris Sorbonne, Bari, Freiburg i.Br., and PSUAD Abu Dhabi.
He has published extensively on Scholastic philosophy, including the volumes Forme e modelli di durata nel pensiero medievale. L'aevum, il tempo discreto, la categoria ‘quando’ (Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Leuven University Press, 1996) and Thomas Aquinas: A Historical and Philosophical Profile (Catholic University of America Press, 2016). He currently chairs two inter-university research projects: ‘Averroism. History, developments and implications of a cross-cultural tradition’, and ‘Belief without Evidence? The Ethics of Belief and Doxastic Control from Augustine to Fake News’.

Research Interests: 
Medieval Philosophy; History of Metaphysics; Dante’s Philosophy; Thomist Tradition; Epistemic Evidentialism and Doxastic Voluntarism.

Read more about Prof. Porro in the September 2023 Chronica III.


Robin Norris (September-December 2019)


Sabine von Heusinger (September-December 2017)


Charles Burnett (January-April 2017)


Felix Heinzer (January-April 2015)


Catherine Conybeare (September-December 2014)


Michael Ryan (January-April 2014)


Christopher Martin (September-December 2013)


Stella Panayotova (January-April 2013)


Henrietta Leyser (January-April 2012)


John Marenbon (September-December 2010)